Ajax the Lesser

Ruler of Locris and warrior in the Trojan War who comitted sacrilege by dragging Cassandra out of the temple of Athena where she had sought refuge. The goddess had Poseidon punish him by sending a storm and sinking Ajax's ship. The warrior was strong enough to swim to a rock, and clinging on to it he boasted that the sea could not drown him. Poseidon was then so angered that he split the rock with his trident, thus drowning Ajax.